Best Quotes from Hanna Rosin

There are always signs that a reign is ending, and they are usually spotted not in the king himself but in his court. In the inner circle, latent jealousies between advisers spill into open conflict, as they angrily debate who is to blame for the calamity, chewing over each other’s past errors and pointing the finger at old and nascent enemies.

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Every new medium has, within a short time of its introduction, been condemned as a threat to young people. Pulp novels would destroy their morals, TV would wreck their eyesight, video games would make them violent.

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I grew up with a pretty tough mom. She was a self-appointed neighborhood watchdog, and if she saw that any of the local boys were up to no good, she would scold them on the spot. Although she is only 5 feet 2, she was famous in our neighborhood for intimidating men three times her size and getting them to do the right thing.

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Pop culture is like our subconscious.

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Feminism was about making women’s lives less constrained and giving them more choices.

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There is no ‘natural’ order, only the way things are.

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Interestingly, one thing I’ve found that neither women nor men give up on is the idea of men as protectors. Even in cases where the woman is earning more, they’ll often tell me that if there were a fire or something, they would expect the man to be the one to protect them.

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Because women have been marginalised, they’re more likely to behave like immigrants and continue to push themselves forward in order to avoid falling through the cracks, but I don’t think a happy ending comes from matriarchy.

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For women in, say, Alabama, ‘feminism’ is a dirty word. They would never march in the streets. But although they don’t think of themselves as the beneficiaries of feminism, they are.

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In China, a lot of the opening up of private entrepreneurship is happening because women are starting businesses, small businesses, faster than men.

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Fixing things around the house was the last bastion of manliness. But now, even that is getting taken away. As women become more economically independent, they are starting to fix things around the house for themselves.

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For nearly as long as civilization has existed, patriarchy – enforced through the rights of the firstborn son – has been the organizing principle, with few exceptions.

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Most days I struggle just to be accepted into the camp of plain old feminists. This is mainly because I am not by nature ideological and generally suspicious of people who are.

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If men can quilt and take over the kitchen, then women can pick up a wrench and fix a leaky pipe.

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The modern economy is becoming a place where women hold the cards.

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Women are choosing to stay single rather than marry men who can’t step up and provide.

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Men need marriage more than women do. In fact, they need it to survive.

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Women don’t give up things. They don’t give up responsibilities. They add new things. They exhaust themselves and still don’t give anything up. And. And. And. And. And they do all these other things at the same time, which can be exhausting.

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Women are just much better at getting degrees than men. It seems that school at every level plays to the natural strengths of women more than it does to men.

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Women have taken on traditionally masculine roles and professions, and there is no real equivalent for men. Men are still extremely reluctant, as we all are reluctant to see them, take on traditionally feminine roles or professions. That is just not something that they do easily.

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Men and women are equally intelligent, but separate factors, such as the abilities to focus, be collaborative and take other people’s views into account, allow you to be successful.

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Blog culture has a hard time digesting narratives, but it has an easy time digesting ‘big ideas’ pieces.

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You need to prepare the child you have for the world that exists.

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Women had a rights movement where they fought for changes. Men… don’t band together in quite that way. It happens not in such a public-cascade way as in a house-to-house way.

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I could do a franchise for the end of everything. ‘The End of Dogs,’ ‘The End of Cats.’

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Attachment parenting demands not just certain actions you take with your baby but also certain emotional states to accompany those actions.

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Maybe there’s something about the outsiderness of being Jewish that makes for a fiery feminist type.

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With the Jews, the questions are always open; we’re always questioning. I love that questioning tradition.

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For women in, say, Alabama, ‘feminism’ is a dirty word. They would never march in the streets. But although they don’t think of themselves as the beneficiaries of feminism, they are.

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Women have a tendency not to give up realms once they take over new ones. We are still proprietary over the domestic realm even as we take over new professional realms, and that is a real problem.

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I grew up in a working-class Israeli family, which was feminist only in its female-dominated structure.

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I think we should all call ourselves feminists.

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If you look at total numbers in the working and middle class, men still on average make more than women.

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Green jobs – those are jobs that feel like new economy jobs; they do require some training.

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Factories not what they used to be – they’re all extremely high-tech.

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We’re so marriage-obsessed, we think that only married people are families.

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The general image of a man in an American sitcom is like a complete moron. You’d think the industry was run by a feminist cabal.

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If my own current husband was suddenly a stay-at-home dad, it would be emasculating. That would be hard for me.

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Workplaces still operate like it’s 1962 and one person is always at home, and they are not very good at adjusting for the fact that a majority of women work and take care of children.

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I deeply believe that men and women need each other.

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Although they are unfailingly gracious, evangelicals are not so good at respecting professional boundaries.

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The first time someone tried to share the Gospel with me, I naively explained that I was Jewish and born in Israel, thank you… This was a big mistake. In certain parts of Christian America, admitting I was an Israeli-born Jew turned me into walking catnip.

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Evolutionary psychology tells us that men, especially powerful men, feel invincible and entitled to spread their seed, and that women can’t resist the scent of masculine power. Women, by contrast, are said to be more altruistic and collaborative, seeking power so that they can share it with others.

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Every congresswoman surely endures the same strains that drive some of her male colleagues to have affairs: lots of travel, families far away, heady work that makes a domestic routine seem distant and boring. But the stakes are much higher for women, because they are still judged by a different standard.

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As we get used to women in power, we are likely to discover that they behave much like powerful men – vain, entitled, always looking for more.

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The classic war movies of the post-Vietnam era have generally taken on grand, philosophical themes: the meaninglessness of war, the grinding down of man by the machine – the machine being war itself, represented by someone like Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in ‘Full Metal Jacket,’ the sadistic marine who turns his boys into instruments of death.

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To apply for a gifted program, children as young as 4 are required to sit through hour-long verbal exams.

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We’ve heard that the hookup culture is destroying us. We’ve heard that it’s saving us. We’ve heard that it’s racist. We’ve agonized over which one of these is true.

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There comes a point in nearly every book event I’ve done when a little feminist revolt stirs inside the crowd.

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Breast-feeding does not belong in the realm of facts and hard numbers; it is much too intimate and elemental.

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In American fertility clinics, 75 percent of couples are requesting girls and not boys.

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For most of American history, of course, the important religious divides were between denominations – not just between Protestants and Catholics and Jews but between Lutherans and Episcopalians and Southern Baptists and the other endlessly fine-tuned sects.

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